Amelia’s Magazine | London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Jayne Pierson (featuring Pierson Lawlor)


Jayne Pierson S/S 2012, order illustrated by Gareth A Hopkins

Oof, visit this site I love a new fashion week site. I took a Boris from the action at Somerset House all the way to Old Street to see Jayne Pierson‘s show at the LSO St Luke’s venue. This historic Anglican church is almost three hundred years old, buy information pills and was rescued by the LSO when controversial plans to turn the beauty into offices were proposed. Thank heavens.


Jayne Pierson S/S 2012, illustrated by Tina Reidy

The church is set in a beautiful garden, and as I sweated my way through it, I thought what a romantic setting for a fashion show. These are thoughts I only have when suffering from sleep deprivation and RFSI (Repetitive Fashion Show Injury). Inside, some of the former glory has gone to make way for inevitable modernisations, but the imposing ceiling and cold stone walls still exist. A catwalk had been temporarily constructed where the aisle would once have been, and a film played on loop at the end of a photography shoot starring a rather dishy ballet dancer. It was all very exciting.


Photography by Amelia Gregory

The show eventually started after the mandatory bunfight for seats and flashbulb shower for Pandemonia. A man whose name I didn’t have a chance to write down explained that, this season, Jayne Pierson had worked with the ballet and we were in for a treat. The models were to be ballet dancers. I almost audibly ‘whooped’ at how refreshing it all was.


Jayne Pierson S/S 2012, illustrated by Gabriel Ayala

Models appeared cheekily from behind a partition, moving gracefully down the catwalk en pointe. I know this is one of life’s wonders and people train for years to get this right, but it doesn’t half make me cringe (perhaps that’s Black Swan‘s influence, too). I imagine the agony you put your body through to achieve such a graceful poise.


Photography by Matt Bramford

A mixture of male and female models appeared, wearing Jayne Piersons S/S 2012 collection. This was clearly a collection influenced by dance and drama of all kind. They floated past, some faster than others, some acting a little like they might have been drinking, but nonetheless looking equally as beautiful. The theatrics, as splendid as they were, did distract a little from the clothes, and it’s only since I’ve reviewed my pictures that I’ve got a real flavour for what Jayne Pierson has produced this season.


Jayne Pierson S/S 2012, illustrated by Gilly Rochester

Jayne Pierson‘s now statement shapes flooded the catwalk; exaggerated shoulders, tight waists. Corsets in high-gloss leather were playfully applied to looser garments in similar colours. Micro shorts were leather. A muted graphic print was used on a dangerous bikini and a halterneck onesie. Modest pastel vests had been sexed up with black pom-pom like shoulder details. A bodycon dress carried theatrical orange fringing; sophistication, glamour and exquisite craftsmanship evident in every piece.


Jayne Pierson S/S 2012, illustrated by Gareth A Hopkins

Jayne Pierson‘s clever use of material and colour was as evident as it has been during her five fashion week outings. Leathers, suedes and silks all flow organically throughout this cohesive collection, helped along by a colour palette of stone, taupe, grey, champagne and sand.


Photography by Amelia Gregory

I’m not sure if it was the Royal Ballet dancing element having an influence, but the clothes were very dramatic, and I did wonder what they might look like modelled in the usual fashion. But a finale that brought the dancers pairing up to perform some dramatic lifts really raised eyebrows and audible gasps echoed around St Luke’s. Sitting across from me, it was clear Caryn Franklin loved it. And I did too.


Photography by Matt Bramford

Categories ,Amelia, ,ballet, ,Black Swan, ,Caryn Franklin, ,catwalk, ,dance, ,Derek Lawlor, ,drama, ,En Pointe, ,Front Row, ,Gabriel Ayala, ,Gareth A Hopkins, ,Gilly Rochester, ,Jayne Pierson, ,leather, ,LSO St Luke’s, ,Matt Bramford, ,Onesie, ,Pandemonia, ,review, ,RFSI, ,Royal Ballet, ,S/S 2012, ,Suede, ,Tina Reidy, ,Womenswear

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Amelia’s Magazine | Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Babies by Independent Designers

slugs and snails tights snarfle
This Christmas I find myself with child for the first time – there he is above – and so naturally thoughts have turned to gifts that babies of Snarfle‘s age (give or take) might like to receive. Maybe it’s cos I live in design central (aka east london) but I am also lucky enough to have met some amazing kidswear designers in the past few months. Some live near here, and others have been introduced to me via social media – either way, it’s time to share the goodness. And I can promise you there will be not a pastel pink or baby blue in sight.

slugs and snails tights
First up – the amazingly designed and very practical tights for boys by Slugs and Snails. Snarfle was kindly sent some pairs to test drive and he has been living in them. Not only do they keep him super cosy but they ensure he is as mobile as he can be just as he is learning to crawl, and they feature the best patterns… spiders and spooks and skulls ‘n’ crossbones.

mini magpie pom pom dungarees
Next up, I am incredibly taken by Mini Magpie upcycled garments, which are hand made in London from old jumpers sourced from markets, car boots and charity shops. Not only is this a super ethical and individual way to dress your child, but Mini Magpie designs are fab.

corby tindersticks Nut_E_Smith
When is a plush for an adult and when does it suit a child? *Muses* I guess the best appeal to both. This Corby Tindersticks pillow mate is a quizzical character with a tiny head and a huge belly.

Bryony-Crane-Personalised-Dinosaur-Baby-Clothes-Dactyl
Bryony Crane is an Amelia’s Magazine illustrator who has turned her hand to decorating baby clothes with cute dinosaurs. Get yours personalised too!

change and go baby changing mat
It’s a tad pricier than your basic models but this change and go baby mat from Two Red Trees doubles as a place to store baby essentials – and boasts a great design.

kyna boutique liandlo hansel and gretel
If you are looking for a one stop shop to find great clothing for little ones why not check out Kyna Boutique, which stocks loads of great labels and gives very clear sizing instructions too. I particularly love the Liandlo brand, which features really bright playful print designs: unfortunately I didn’t read the sizing instructions at all (dur) and so this fab Hansel & Gretel babygro awaits Snarfle. He’s growing so damn fast it won’t be long.

baberoo giraffe tights
I love a good patterned legging and so naturally Snarfle does too (until he’s old enough to decide otherwise at any rate). Kyna Boutique stocks these fab Baberoo tights, in a giraffe design: get in, they even feature a tail.

oh baby london been inside for 9 months babygro
Oh Baby London is based barely more than a stones throw away from where I live in Brick Lane, yet I passed by for many years and gave it barely a second glance. Now I realise how brilliant Hannah’s designs are: the classic Been Inside for 9 Months was a prized hand me down that looked especially good paired with a witch’s hat on Halloween… and they make great leggings too. Throughout December Oh Baby London is running a daily half price special.

oh baby london fair isle playsuit
And how much do I heart this Sarah Lund inspired Christmas onesie? Modelled here by Snarfle‘s friend Eddie.

little night owl giraffe, owl horse toy
A twitter friend recommended that I check out homemade soft toys by Little Night Owl, saying that they are simply beautifully made. Why not commission her, quick?!

amelia baby crochet blanket by Kate Selene
I have been hankering after a bright crochet granny blanket like the one available on Two Red Trees for some time. This design is fortuitously called Amelia, hand crocheted by Kate Selene.

ricecracker_plush toy noodoll
Now for another plush: Snarfle may well find he has a special Noodoll playmate not unlike this one in his Christmas stocking come December 25th. It’s super soft and ever so snuggly – perfect for a little one.

Lettie Belle_ahoy-there-play-felt-set
Lettie Belle works with recycled textiles and I love her creative play felt sets. A lovely alternative to the garish plastic toys available everywhere you look.

this is lullaby waistcoat baby gro check
Snarfle was 6 weeks old when my baby brother got married and I had no idea where to look for something smart. I wish I had known about This is Lullaby, where you can pick up a bespoke babygro with waistcoat for a great price.

ruff and huddle please thankyou t-shirt
Ruff & Huddle clothing is currently aimed at 2-7 year olds but I’ll slip it in here as Lucy Brice, the lovely lady behind it, is one of the Mothers Meeting crew, and she’s ace. Think mega cool illustrations – can’t wait to see how the brand develops.

The Bright Company slim jyms
The Bright Company is another new kidswear brand set up by one of the extended Mothers Meeting family. They specialise in super comfy jersey pyjamas – Slim Jyms – printed with the bespoke Linea Hexx print in eco friendly inks. Everything is made in the UK.

hokolo reindeer top
Hokolo does the cutest bodysuit & top with a snowflake reindeer design and a puffed up red nose detail.

Hokolo baby gift set christmas rattle babygro
I also love the quintessentially British Hokolo hand crocheted orb rattle.

Hedgehog lamp by white rabbit england
Looking for a quirky nightlight? How about this fab bone china Herbert the Hedgehog lamp from White Rabbit England?

the big forest felt toys
At Craft Central I fell in love with these felted creatures by The Big Forest – they can be hung on the door to your child’s room, and my what a talking point they would be. Especially the badger.

Madi Illustration Santa's little monster
Finally – news of a competition for the kids: Amelia’s Magazine contributor Madi Illustration invites you to show off your colouring in skills and be in with a chance to win one of her illustrated books: all the information can be found on this link.

I do hope that this Christmas you will check out the fantastic wares from these independent designers and shops. There’s more to come… hold tight cos it takes AGES to get these blogs together.

Categories ,2012, ,Baberoo, ,Baby Changing Mat, ,Baby Gifts, ,Babygro, ,Been Inside for 9 Months, ,Brick Lane, ,Bryony Crane, ,Christmas, ,Clothing, ,Corby Tindersticks, ,Craft Central, ,hand crocheted orb rattle, ,Hansel & Gretel, ,Herbert the Hedgehog, ,Hokolo, ,Kate Selene, ,Kyna Boutique, ,Leggings, ,Lettie Belle, ,Liandlo, ,Linea Hexx, ,Little Night Owl, ,Lucy Brice, ,Madi Illustration, ,Mini Magpie, ,Mothers Meeting, ,Noodoll, ,Oh Baby London, ,Onesie, ,Playsuit, ,Plushie, ,Ruff & Huddle, ,Sarah Lund, ,Slim Jyms, ,Slugs and Snails, ,Snarfle, ,The Big Forest, ,The Bright Company, ,This is Lullaby, ,tights, ,Toys, ,Two Red Trees, ,Upcycled, ,White Rabbit England

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Amelia’s Magazine | Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Babies by Independent Designers

slugs and snails tights snarfle
This Christmas I find myself with child for the first time – there he is above – and so naturally thoughts have turned to gifts that babies of Snarfle‘s age (give or take) might like to receive. Maybe it’s cos I live in design central (aka east london) but I am also lucky enough to have met some amazing kidswear designers in the past few months. Some live near here, and others have been introduced to me via social media – either way, it’s time to share the goodness. And I can promise you there will be not a pastel pink or baby blue in sight.

slugs and snails tights
First up – the amazingly designed and very practical tights for boys by Slugs and Snails. Snarfle was kindly sent some pairs to test drive and he has been living in them. Not only do they keep him super cosy but they ensure he is as mobile as he can be just as he is learning to crawl, and they feature the best patterns… spiders and spooks and skulls ‘n’ crossbones.

mini magpie pom pom dungarees
Next up, I am incredibly taken by Mini Magpie upcycled garments, which are hand made in London from old jumpers sourced from markets, car boots and charity shops. Not only is this a super ethical and individual way to dress your child, but Mini Magpie designs are fab.

corby tindersticks Nut_E_Smith
When is a plush for an adult and when does it suit a child? *Muses* I guess the best appeal to both. This Corby Tindersticks pillow mate is a quizzical character with a tiny head and a huge belly.

Bryony-Crane-Personalised-Dinosaur-Baby-Clothes-Dactyl
Bryony Crane is an Amelia’s Magazine illustrator who has turned her hand to decorating baby clothes with cute dinosaurs. Get yours personalised too!

change and go baby changing mat
It’s a tad pricier than your basic models but this change and go baby mat from Two Red Trees doubles as a place to store baby essentials – and boasts a great design.

kyna boutique liandlo hansel and gretel
If you are looking for a one stop shop to find great clothing for little ones why not check out Kyna Boutique, which stocks loads of great labels and gives very clear sizing instructions too. I particularly love the Liandlo brand, which features really bright playful print designs: unfortunately I didn’t read the sizing instructions at all (dur) and so this fab Hansel & Gretel babygro awaits Snarfle. He’s growing so damn fast it won’t be long.

baberoo giraffe tights
I love a good patterned legging and so naturally Snarfle does too (until he’s old enough to decide otherwise at any rate). Kyna Boutique stocks these fab Baberoo tights, in a giraffe design: get in, they even feature a tail.

oh baby london been inside for 9 months babygro
Oh Baby London is based barely more than a stones throw away from where I live in Brick Lane, yet I passed by for many years and gave it barely a second glance. Now I realise how brilliant Hannah’s designs are: the classic Been Inside for 9 Months was a prized hand me down that looked especially good paired with a witch’s hat on Halloween… and they make great leggings too. Throughout December Oh Baby London is running a daily half price special.

oh baby london fair isle playsuit
And how much do I heart this Sarah Lund inspired Christmas onesie? Modelled here by Snarfle‘s friend Eddie.

little night owl giraffe, owl horse toy
A twitter friend recommended that I check out homemade soft toys by Little Night Owl, saying that they are simply beautifully made. Why not commission her, quick?!

amelia baby crochet blanket by Kate Selene
I have been hankering after a bright crochet granny blanket like the one available on Two Red Trees for some time. This design is fortuitously called Amelia, hand crocheted by Kate Selene.

ricecracker_plush toy noodoll
Now for another plush: Snarfle may well find he has a special Noodoll playmate not unlike this one in his Christmas stocking come December 25th. It’s super soft and ever so snuggly – perfect for a little one.

Lettie Belle_ahoy-there-play-felt-set
Lettie Belle works with recycled textiles and I love her creative play felt sets. A lovely alternative to the garish plastic toys available everywhere you look.

this is lullaby waistcoat baby gro check
Snarfle was 6 weeks old when my baby brother got married and I had no idea where to look for something smart. I wish I had known about This is Lullaby, where you can pick up a bespoke babygro with waistcoat for a great price.

ruff and huddle please thankyou t-shirt
Ruff & Huddle clothing is currently aimed at 2-7 year olds but I’ll slip it in here as Lucy Brice, the lovely lady behind it, is one of the Mothers Meeting crew, and she’s ace. Think mega cool illustrations – can’t wait to see how the brand develops.

The Bright Company slim jyms
The Bright Company is another new kidswear brand set up by one of the extended Mothers Meeting family. They specialise in super comfy jersey pyjamas – Slim Jyms – printed with the bespoke Linea Hexx print in eco friendly inks. Everything is made in the UK.

hokolo reindeer top
Hokolo does the cutest bodysuit & top with a snowflake reindeer design and a puffed up red nose detail.

Hokolo baby gift set christmas rattle babygro
I also love the quintessentially British Hokolo hand crocheted orb rattle.

Hedgehog lamp by white rabbit england
Looking for a quirky nightlight? How about this fab bone china Herbert the Hedgehog lamp from White Rabbit England?

the big forest felt toys
At Craft Central I fell in love with these felted creatures by The Big Forest – they can be hung on the door to your child’s room, and my what a talking point they would be. Especially the badger.

Madi Illustration Santa's little monster
Finally – news of a competition for the kids: Amelia’s Magazine contributor Madi Illustration invites you to show off your colouring in skills and be in with a chance to win one of her illustrated books: all the information can be found on this link.

I do hope that this Christmas you will check out the fantastic wares from these independent designers and shops. There’s more to come… hold tight cos it takes AGES to get these blogs together.

Categories ,2012, ,Baberoo, ,Baby Changing Mat, ,Baby Gifts, ,Babygro, ,Been Inside for 9 Months, ,Brick Lane, ,Bryony Crane, ,Christmas, ,Clothing, ,Corby Tindersticks, ,Craft Central, ,hand crocheted orb rattle, ,Hansel & Gretel, ,Herbert the Hedgehog, ,Hokolo, ,Kate Selene, ,Kyna Boutique, ,Leggings, ,Lettie Belle, ,Liandlo, ,Linea Hexx, ,Little Night Owl, ,Lucy Brice, ,Madi Illustration, ,Mini Magpie, ,Mothers Meeting, ,Noodoll, ,Oh Baby London, ,Onesie, ,Playsuit, ,Plushie, ,Ruff & Huddle, ,Sarah Lund, ,Slim Jyms, ,Slugs and Snails, ,Snarfle, ,The Big Forest, ,The Bright Company, ,This is Lullaby, ,tights, ,Toys, ,Two Red Trees, ,Upcycled, ,White Rabbit England

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